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Wheels in the Grass

’63 Buick Electra 225, Woodlawn, N.Y.

In the grass… on the pavement, these cars are everywhere. This big ol’ 1963 Buick Electra 225 four-door sedan (there were also a four-door hardtop and a four-door six-window pillarless sedan) has been sitting out front of a restaurant in beautiful downtown Woodlawn for years. Yeah, the paint’s faded, but the car looks solid. The brochure (which you can see here) describes the convertible and two-door hardtop 225s as “…the sportier members of the family.” As if a two-ton anything can be sporty. All Electra 225s were powered by a 401 CID V-8 connected to an “Turbine Drive” automatic transmission. Believe it or not, even with a starting price of  $4,051, the white sidewall tires were still optional. The “Super Deluxe” wheel covers, however, were standard — but not the ones you see on this car. They’re from a ’68 model.

sedan brochure art

“sporty” convertible

“sporty” two-door hardtop

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know